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CHOICE of cryptic or quick puzzle, and (just in case you’ve been wracking your brains) yesterday’s solutions.

Cryptic puzzle

Across

7. Gets the fare ready (8,1,4)

8. See 11 Down

9. Unsealed circular letter to write (4)

10. Functions Steven rearranged (6)

12. Inside the gate the rope is a restraining agent (6)

14. A track that climbers may find arduous (6)

16. To go over to the enemy side is a fault (6)

18. Heather without a boy (4)

20. Is it used for printing the floor-covering? (8)

22. Presents a single team - reserves for future use! (4,2,3,4)

Down

1. In the vaults you’ll find four volumes of public records (8)

2. Alternative choice - could it be a soft one? (6)

3. More than one tea container runs out! (4)

4. Declared a dessert should be varied (8)

5. I’m getting a job - here’s the tax (6)

6. Girl, we hear - subjected to coercion (4)

11 And 8 Across. Resolving a debatable point and placating the children (8,3,5)

13. Mischievous venture leads to flight about the present time (8)

15. Do some boxing! (6)

17. Thief round the south could become an obsession (6)

19. Complete defeat when the way remains unfinished (4)

21. Women in evening-dress will reveal the figure (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

7. Breaking up (13)

8. Deprecate (8)

9. Detail (4)

10. Sundry (6)

12. In plenty (6)

14. Intelligent (6)

16. Browbeat (6)

18. Goad (4)

20. Dismally (8)

22. Perfidy (13)

Down

1. Volition (4,4)

2. Kindle (6)

3. Propensity (4)

4. Force (8)

5. Ad lib (2,4)

6. Drill (4)

11. Contend (8)

13. Without a home (8)

15. Truth (6)

17. Advent (6)

19. Summit (4)

21. Expel (4)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Oral; 8 Even number; 9 Berating; 10 Room; 12 Archer; 14 Alsace; 15 Physic; 17 Braves; 18 Adit; 19 Parasite; 21 Stationary; 22 Erse.

Down: 2 Researched; 3 Leda; 4 Senior; 5 Enigma; 6 Ambrosia; 7 Dram; 11 Orchestras; 13 Hesitate; 16 Captor; 17 Barman; 18 Also; 20 Stye.

QUICK - Across: 1 Neat; 8 Inadequacy; 9 Dislodge; 10 Lope; 12 Danger; 14 Steady; 15 Fabric; 17 Crease; 18 Fete; 19 Leathery; 21 Malefactor; 22 Dune.

Down: 2 Exhilarate; 3 Till; 4 Larder; 5 Recess; 6 Bulls-eye; 7 Type; 11 Pedestrian; 13 Gardener; 16 Collar; 17 Crafty; 18 Fame; 20 Hard.